Cyber Resilience: The Emerald City of the Security World

Cyber Resilience: The Emerald City of the Security World

The need for cyber resilience has reached critical levels. But cyber resilience isn't a destination; it's "not a place you can get to by boat or a train." It is the Emerald City of the security world — somewhere you aspire to reach, only to get there and realize there is so much more to learn and do. And, just like Dorothy and Toto, managed service providers (MSPs) and small and midsized businesses (SMBs) need to start at the beginning: educate their people, evolve their processes, and revisit their security infrastructure. Only then they can achieve a gold standard of cyber resilience.

With cyberattacks on the rise, up 400% compared with before COVID, it is no longer a matter of if an attack will occur, but when. In fact, 95% of MSPs state that their businesses are increasingly targeted by attacks, and 78% of MSPs reported attacks against SMBs they served in the last two years. Among those attacks, ransomware (flying monkeys) deployed by threat actors (wicked witches) remains the most common cyber threat to SMBs today.


Follow the Yellow Brick RoadAs the threat landscape continues to evolve, it is critical that MSPs and SMBs follow the Yellow Brick Road on their journey to cyber resilience. Cyber resilience is a measure of business strength in the preparation for, operations during, and recovery from the eventuality of a cyberattack. It relies on the ability to protect, detect, respond, and recover quickly from an adverse event and combines cybersecurity, business continuity, and incident response.


To attain and maintain cyber resilience, organizations must look at foundational frameworks and concepts. On ..